I had just finished whipping down the counter and had just put away any cleaning equipment I had out and I was gonna start decorating the living room with balloons when I noticed that Newbie was still sitting at the computer; gawking at the screen. I walked over and causally leaned on the desk, with hands behind my back , smiling down at fiance.
When he didn't notice I was there I playfully punched his arm and said, "Newbie, you have to get out, the girls will be here any minute and no guys are allowed."
Turning off the computer, he slid the chair out from under the desk and slowly stood up. Most likely trying to annoy me.
"He's not coming. I'm meeting him and the guys at the Karaoke bar."
"Well then you better get your ass going, buddy boy."
"ADDY!" I yelled, glad to see my best friend here.
" Hey Dawnie. I see you're having trouble getting rid of the groom, it happens to the best of us."
"Hey I said I was going," Newbie said defensively.
"Yeah well you're taking your sweet time about it," Addy laughed.
"Well maybe I don't wanna leave, maybe I wanna stay with my gorgeous fiancee and join her party tonight."
I looked to Newbie and smiled, "That's not happening. I told you NO BOYS!"
"Find but I'm taking my time getting to the door." Then Newbie slowly turned and took the longest step forward ever.
"I'm going, I'm going. I see I'm not wanted here." He flashed me a smiled and said, "Love you babe. I'll be back at midnight."
"Love you too," I managed to say before the door closed behind him.
"God, men are so stubborn."
"Tell me about it. But he's also sweet and understanding too. He was so understanding the other day when I told him about me feeling guilty about my challenge and how-"
I quickly covered my mouth in shock. I couldn't believe what I just told Addy. I hadn't meant to tell her like this. Oh gosh!
"It's nothing," I said quickly. I really didn't want to talk about it right at this moment.
"Dawnie, what's wrong why are you feeling guilty about your challenge? I'm your best friend, tell me!"
Sighing I began, "For a few weeks now I've been thinking about my challenge. How I never actually finished the challenge. Yes, I have 100 kids but I only gave birth to 98, not 100."
"What do you mean?"
"Yeah? What about them?" Addy asked, completely confused.
"They were adopted Addy, I didn't give birth to them. I only had 98 kids. And the challenge was to give birth to 100 kids."
"I know but that doesn't help that I will always feel guilty unless I finish my challenge."
"What are you saying?"
"You know the challenge dad, Logan Fey?"
"Daaawn?" Slowly but surely Addy was beginning to piece it all together.
"I called him the other day about me joining his challenge........He said yes."
"Of course he does. He knows that I've been feeling guilty and we talked it over. It was his idea that I should join a male baby challenge. The kids will count in Logan's challenge, but at least I wont feel guilty anymore. I will be doing artificial insemination of course and will be staying with him until that baby is born."
"What do you mean your staying with him? And what if you have one baby, you'll still be short one baby?"
"Staying with him is one of the rules to his challenge, like we have rules too and like the rules to the woman's challenge I will follow by them. And if I only have one baby then that's fine, at least I tried."
"When do you planning on doing this?"
"Before the wedding. He'll be here in Hidden Springs tomorrow."
"How's my future mother-in-law?" It was kinda weird knowing that one of my friends will be my mother-in-law, but it doesn't bother me, at least I know I wont be getting a monster-in-law.
"Just dandy. Sorry I'm late, you guys didn't start the party did you?"
"No, not yet. We wanted to wait until everyone arrived. Salline still hasn't arrived."
"Great, when will she be here?"
Before Addy could say a word I let a huge gasp. There standing in from of me was my friend Salline.... as a ghost. A FREAKING GHOST. I barely said a word, just stood there with my hands covering my mouth that was still open from the shock.
"Dawn, I'm so sorry I meant to tell you." Addy stood just a couple feet behind me. What did she mean she meant to tell me? Tell me that one of my bridesmaids DIED. That's something you don't forget to tell anyone.
I slowly walked over to my transparent friend. I wanted to touch her to see if she was real, but I was afraid that my hand might slip through her ghostly body.
"What happened?" I managed to finally ask.
"So your fine?"
"I'm still me, myself, and I, but just orange and transparent."
"Totally ready!", she responded with a grin the size of Bridgeport on her face.
Just when I thought we were finished Addy pulled out one more gift that was hidden behind the couch where I couldn't see it; handing it to me she said, "This is from all of us."
I started to open the box when I heard Calista giggle on the couch beside me. Violet and Della both shushed her while I finished opening it. Once opened I grabbed the piece of clothing that wasn't covered by more tissue paper and pulled it out. My hands held it up high and my eyes widen as I realized that I was holding a piece of lingerie. It was all white and revealed a lot. It was the kind you only see in one of those really expensive lingerie stores.
I dropped the piece of clothing back in the box and stood up, covering my blushing face that seemed to only get redder. "You guys are so bad," I said peaking at them through my fingers.
All I could hear was my friends laughing and then Ashby said, "Come on Dawn, Newbie will love it."
Oh god! Mental note: kill my friends.
I put the left over goodies in the fridge and my gifts in the closet in the master bedroom. As for the lingerie, I hid it in a safe place where even Newbie couldn't find it. It may have been a joke to embarrass the bride but it did sorta looked cute and I saved it for me to wear on the honeymoon.
Once everything was put away it was 11pm and Newbie would be home in an hour from his party, then tomorrow I would leave to go see Logan Fey and officially finish my challenge.
"Well Opal, tomorrow will be a big day. Promise me you wont drive Newbie complete insane while I'm gone."
Opal let out a big meow and I smiled.